One of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth, South Africa, fondly known by locals as the 'Rainbow Nation', boasts 11 official languages, and its inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of cultures. Discover the gourmet restaurants, impressive art scene, vibrant nightlife, and beautiful beaches of Cape Town; enjoy a local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browse the bustling Indian markets in Durban, or sample some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotting the Cape Winelands. Some historical attractions to explore include the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, its untamed wilderness is astonishing: wildlife roams freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world-famous Kruger National Park.
Thornybush Game Reserve
Days 1 - 2
Thornybush Game Reserve lies just five hours’ drive from Johannesburg, near South Africa’s northeastern border in the beautiful Limpopo Province. Boasting over 12 000 hectares of pristine wilderness, this stunning protected area is characterised by open savannah, woodlands, and shrublands. The park is home to an array of African wildlife, including all of the mighty ‘Big Five’ (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo) as well as giraffe, mongoose, zebra, the rare and endangered Pangolin, and many more. Thornybush is also inhabited by 507 bird species, and specialised bird-focused walks and drives are on offer. Visitors can look forward to guided day or night safaris, luxurious spa treatments, and delicious local cuisine in a breathtaking setting. This destination is also known for its excellent photographic opportunities.